Dr. Rako has been a psychiatrist in private practice in the Boston area for more than thirty-five years. She both trained and taught at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital in the Department of Psychiatry. She has become a pioneering expert on women’s reproductive health. She is the author of several books including “The Blessings of the Curse: No More Periods?” and “The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause”.
In today’s episode, we talk about menstrual suppression, and the idea that periods are optional, and suppressing them medically has a no broader impact on our bodies outside.
Topics discussed in today’s episode
- Are periods medically necessary?
- The relationship between the pill, estrogen, testosterone, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)
- The relationship between regular menstruation and Iron
- The impact of the menstrual cycle on cardiovascular health
- How was Depo Provera Discovered?
- The disturbing link between hormonal contraceptives, HPV, & Cervical Cancer
- The link between Depo Provera and Osteoporosis
- Long-term hormonal contraceptive use, the largest experiment ever conducted on women
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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic